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iFixit Offers Kit To Install 2nd Hard Drive in 2011 Mac Mini


During its teardown of the 2011 Mac Mini's released last month, iFixit discovered plenty of room inside to install a second hard drive. One of our readers discovered the proper process to install a second hard drive in his Mini, but now it's even easier.

iFixit has released the Mac Mini Dual Hard Drive Kit for $69.95 that includes all the necessary components to install a second hard drive in a 2011 Mac Mini.

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40 months ago

iFixit loves to mark up their products like 200% which is why I find my parts elsewhere. I don't mind using their guides though :D


Yeah but the markup pays for them to make the guides. They make it convenient and easy for everybody so why not support them?

Hmm getting something for free...sounds like a liberal to me.
Rating: 6 Votes
40 months ago
Damn you get a lot in that package!
Rating: 6 Votes
40 months ago

I wonder if there will be heat issues having two hard drives


There aren't any heat issues in the Mac Mini server, which has two hard drives in it put in by Apple. So, I would guess"no".
Rating: 4 Votes
40 months ago
I wonder if there will be heat issues having two hard drives
Rating: 3 Votes
40 months ago
Little pricey, but still a better value compared to buying a bigger hard drive from Apple.
Rating: 2 Votes
40 months ago

Clever. They actually got an identical blackstick (and actual Apple part, I'm not kidding) and logic board removal thingy.

Even as a certified technician, I'd get this kit for private us if I had one of these Minis.


The logic board removal thingy, which looks like hanger wire bent into the proper shape and wrapped with blue tape, is iFixit's own take on the original.
They still want $20 for it: http://www.ifixit.com/Tools/Logic-Board-Removal-Tool-Mac-Mini-922-9588/IF145-159

Going through the teardown, I appreciated how Apple attached the logic board to the aluminum shell without screws using the slide in mechanism activated with this tool.
Rating: 1 Votes
40 months ago
Clever. They actually got an identical blackstick (and actual Apple part, I'm not kidding) and logic board removal thingy.

Even as a certified technician, I'd get this kit for private us if I had one of these Minis.
Rating: 1 Votes
40 months ago

There aren't any heat issues in the Mac Mini server, which has two hard drives in it put in by Apple. So, I would guess"no".


Actually, Cupertino provides a blessing of arctic refrigeration to MacMinis with Apple installed hard drives. Everyone else's devices will overheat.

SSDs, of course, and 2.5" drives in general don't generate a lot of heat. Plus, it'll be tucked snugly against the aluminum shell to dissipate heat.
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